A 1950s London office space in WC1 has achieved an excellent BREEAM rating – a UK measure of a building’s environmentally friendly facilities.
Charles Darwin House met the green standards after a refurbishment effort by office design specialist Morgan Lovell.
Toilet and sink facilities in the building have been adapted to use less water and car parking has been replaced with a covered bike rack area.
Managing director of Morgan Lovell David Henderson said: “The process is very rewarding. Creating a green office not only creates a lower carbon environment, it also supports an organisation’s corporate social responsibility policy and delivers significant savings on energy bills that makes the process cost-effective in the longer term”.
The building at 12 Roger Street is home to the British Ecological Society (BES), the Biochemical Society and the Society for Experimental Biology.
Executive Director of the BES Dr Hazel Norman said: “We are delighted that BREEAM Excellent has been achieved. It was not an easy objective as it involved transforming a 1950s office which needed a significant amount of refurbishment”.
She continued: “When we first came to view the building it was a bit of a black hole with little natural light. The transformation now means that all 70 staff across five floors enjoy access to natural light and the stunning ground floor reception and conference suite now benefit from full length windows”.